‘Caps Chronicle: Captain helps Blue and White get it right on the road

Away win one of many firsts for Whitecaps FC this past weekend

WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS:
It was a record breaking weekend for teams in Major League Soccer (MLS) from Vancouver to Montreal, Los Angeles and Philadelphia; find out who broke new ground during Week Two in Monday’s Postgame. (John Bolster – MLSsoccer.com)

The ‘Caps acheived three milestones by the time the final whistle was blown at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California this past Saturday. You can find the full match highlights of the 'Caps win over Chivas USA HERE. (MLSsoccer.com)

First Class Finish:
Captain Jay DeMerit finally opened up his account for Whitecaps FC scoring the lone goal in the road win. There was no stopping the centre back as he charged towards net like a rhino, burying the ball with a diving header from a set piece off a corner by teammate Davide Chiumiento. "On the road, sometimes that's what it takes," DeMerit said. "Guys getting behind the ball, keeping a clean sheet, and scoring on a set piece.” (Marc Weber – The Province)

The High Road:
DeMerit’s goal was more than just a personal milestone, it was the game winner for what will go in the club history books as the team’s first ever road victory in MLS. The captain hopes now that the seal has been broken and the first road win behind them it will help the team’s focus, "We don't have that pressure on us anymore, and now we can go away from home and try to get clean sheets and wins." (The Associated Press – Sportsnet)

Show Stoppers:
Both ‘Caps goalkeepers would also come up big in the match and combined the two shot-blockers would help the team to yet another MLS first for the club, back to back shutouts.

Joe Cannon found himself being tested very early on and was forced to come off his line more than once to confront some threatening attacks. The netminder managed to thrust his hand into the air at the last second and brush a dangerous looking strike by Chivas' striker Casey Townsend just over the bar, in what may very well make the list of candidates for MLS Save of the Week. (MLSsoccer.com)

After suffering a deep thigh contusion from a collision with Chivas USA’s Ryan Smith, keeper Brad Knighton was immediately called into action for the first ever time with Whitecaps FC. Moments after coming on the pitch he impressively punched a corner clear with his very first touch off the ball. “Your name could be called at any time, and fortunately I did the right things before the game and tried to stay in the game mentally.” (Martin MacMahon – MLSsoccer.com)

 

WHITECAPS FC PODCASTS & RADIO:

‘Whitecaps FC Daily’ with Peter Schaad is back in its usual 3:00 p.m. timeslot on TEAM 1410 sports radio! For those of you who may have missed past episodes, you can find them HERE!
The show airs every Monday to Friday at 3 p.m. PT on TEAM 1410.

You can always get your soccer fix every Sunday night from ‘9’ p.m. to 11 p.m. PT by tuning into ‘Full-Time: Vancouver’s Soccer Show’ with Tyler Green and Mike Martignago on TEAM 1040. HERE!

West Coast Soccer Weekly is a new podcast hosted by Canadian Soccer News writers Pierce Lang and Michael McColl. For all things soccer on the best coast, including up to date coverage of Whitecaps FC, Highlanders, Men's and Women's Canadian national teams, and local community clubs be sure to listen in HERE!

Have you heard about ‘The Soccer Show’ with Nigel Reed and Bob Iarusci? Make sure to listen HERE!

 

WHITECAPS FC IN THE HOUSE:

From kickoff to the final whistle, our own Simon Fudge has the full match report from Saturday's Chivas road victory. (Simon Fudge - whitecapsfc.com)

Another Whitecaps FC team celebrated victory this weekend as Whitecaps FC U-18 Girls Elite displayed their talents at Surrey's Newton Athletic Park during the 2012 Whitecaps FC College Showcase. Brandon Timko has the details. (Brandon Timko - whitecapsfc.com)

Canadian women’s national team head coach John Herdman has called 21 players to the camp in Boston, including 15 Whitecaps FC women’s alumni. Find out which players could be suiting up for the red and white in this summer's London Olympic Games. (Canada Soccer)